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Siliconia is the second episode in Series XII of Red Dwarf, broadcast on Dave on October 19, 2017.

It is also the sixty-ninth Red Dwarf episode overall.

Overview

The rest of the crew discover just how it feels to be Kryten when they're arrested by the Mechanoid Intergalactic Liberation Front.

Summary

Kryten is ironing a shirt, (presumably Cat's) when all the other dwarfers begin making demands. Cat wants some more shirts, Rimmer wants Kryten to scrub more of the decks and Lister wants Kryten to get him a beer even though the fridge is right next to him.

Later the Dwarfers travel in Starbug to go in search of Lister's missing guitar "Les" as Kryten had found it on radar. (In defiance of Rimmer's order not to tell him, much to his and Cat's displeasure)

Just as Lister used Starbug's claw to bring it in, suddenly a ship goes above them and grabs onto them up with a claw of it's own. (initially hidden by a form of stealth technology) Lister and Rimmer enter armed, but a female mechanoid similar to Kryten named Areto grabs Cat as he enters and threatens to break his neck if they don't surrender.

Kryten is then taken away by one of his fellow mechanoids Wind who introduces themselves as the Mechanoid International Liberation Front (MILF for short) while the other dwarfers have their minds placed in mechanoid bodies.

The Dwarfers are sentenced to carry on their tasks that they had made Kryten perform previously; Lister making dozens of Sugar puff sandwiches with cheese, Rimmer scrubing loads of floors and Cat ironing the same amount of shirts he made Kryten do.

Meanwhile Kryten is in a mechanoid class led by Incense about how mechanoids should feel better about themselves and how they should be treated. Kryen also gives his account of how the dwarfers treat him.

Lister Rimmer and Cat are in prison doing their tasks, they suddenly realize that the mechanoid programming is making them lose their personalities and they have to escape, but Rimmer seems to be enjoying his tasks so he is the first to lose it, especially when he sets off the alarm while the others are trying to escape.

As Lister and Cat are escaping they bump into Rusty who is working below the deck with some other low class mechanoids because of their differences, during that time Cat loses his personality as well. The MILF soldiers led by Rimmer suddenly enter and sever Lister's hand when he doesn't surrender. He finally goes to a room where Kryten is about to be made a member of MILF himself.

After seeing Lister, he tells him that he and the other dwarfers never truly cared about him, but Lister tells him that he is a friend and did those things for him out of his own will, not because he was asked. Krtyen realizes his mistake and then the MILF ask him to challenge Lister to a scrubbing and cleaning duel. During this time, Lister loses his personality and is on the verge of winning when a bright light appears over the ship. The mechs having finally reached Siliconia and it upgrades all the mechanoids inside making them all the same class.

Kryten then takes Lister, Rimmer and Cat back to the room where their brains were switched and puts them back in their own bodies. They then return to Red Dwarf where Kryten delivers a goodbye message to the other mechanoids before Lister walks in with Les, giving Kryten a cup of oil as a thank you.

Kryten then tells Lister he is leaving to a soundproof deck so as not to hear his appalling music.

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Deleted scenes

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Notes

  • The Mechanoid Intergalactic Liberation Front having an unfortunate acronym (MILF) is reminiscent of when Rimmer, having being drained of his anger in "Polymorph", suggests the name 'Committee for the Liberation and Integration of Terrifying Organisms and their Rehabilitation Into Society' for their action group but points out that the abbreviation would be 'CLITORIS'.
  • Rimmer mentions looking into a fish tank and longing for the simpler life of a fish. Lister once mentioned similar about wanting to be a squirrel in the Series IV episode "D.N.A.".
    • Might also explain why an anxiety stricken Rimmer wrote "I am a fish" four hundred times on a failed exam paper, as mentioned in "The End".
  • The female mechanoids, such as Aerto, are depicted with the same breastplates as their male counterparts, rather than the pointier ones shown by the mech version of Camille. (it's possible that feature might be exclusive to the 4000 Series GTI)
  • Lister has been without his guitar, since he flushed it out of an airlock in "Fathers & Suns", an event that the setting of this episode is supposed to follow nearly to the day.

Background information

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Noteworthy dialogue

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